Salmonbellies Cling To Life With Character Victory

The Six Nations Chiefs (3-1) were looking to close out the Mann Cup with a sweep of the New Westminster Salmonbellies (1-3) at the Queen’s Park Arena in New Westminster, BC.

Although down 3-0 the Salmonbellies have played the Chiefs hard.  With a different bounce here or there, this series could easily be in New West’s favor.

The goaltending to this point has been spectacular with Zach Higgins for the Salmonbellies, and both Doug Jamieson and Warren Hill playing lights out the entire series.

For New Westminster to keep this series alive Haiden Dickson, Kevin Crowley, Mitch Jones and Will Malcom need to carry this team offensively.  Mike Messanger, Brett Mydske as well as the Cornwall Brothers will have to be steadfast on defense.

The goaltending match-up had Warren Hill in net for the Chiefs against Zach Higgins in net for the Salmonbellies.

Mitch Jones (3g,4a), Kevin Crowley (2g,1a) and Jeff Cornwall (2g,0a) all were instrumental in New Westminster coming from behind to take game four, and stay alive in the Mann Cup 11-10.

Down 5-4 after one, and 8-7 after two, the Salmonbellies put together a four goal period led by Jeff Cornwall for the victory.  Zach Higgins was sensational in net making 47 saves on the evening (15 in the third period alone).

To The Game:

New Westminster got off to a fast start with Kevin Crowley converting a Brett Mydske pass just 0:48 seconds in. Mitch Jones then blasted a Haiden Dickson feed at 2:20.  Six Nations battled back with Sam LeClair scoring just 0:13 seconds later, followed by Bryan Cole converting a Shayne Jackson pass at 3:12.

Jason Jones gave the Salmonbellies the lead once again converting a Mitch Jones pass at 5:00, but goals from Lyle Thompson on the power-play, and Brendan Bomberry gave the Chiefs their first lead of the game at 9:39.

Kevin Crowley tied the game off a Keegan Bal pass at 17:19, but a power-play goal with just 0:01 second left in the period from Larson Sundown, had the Chiefs up by one after one.

After one period, Six Nations 5 New Westminster 4.

Second Period:

Haiden Dickson opened the second period scoring on the power-play converting a Kevin Crowley pass at 6:25 to tie the game, followed by Mitch Jones finishing off an Anthony Malcom pass at 7:01.

Six Nations tied the game once again when Sam LeClair scored his second of the game off a Dhane Smith feed at 8:30, but the Salmonbellies answered when Colton Clark scored in transition converting a long lead pass from Zach Higgins at 10:20. 

Dhane Smith tied the game once more for the Chiefs blasting a Cody Jamieson feed at 10:44, followed by Jamieson himself scoring on the power-play off a Lyle Thompson feed at 12:47.

After two periods, Six Nations 8 New Westminster 7.

Third Period:

In a frantic period with the Salmonbellies playing for their Mann Cup lives. Jeff Cornwall scored shorthanded off a Brandon Goodwin feed at 4:07 tying the game.  Cody Jamieson then scored on the power-play off a Dhane Smith pass 0:34 seconds later to regain the Chiefs lead.

The Salmonbellies kept pressing.   Mitch Jones converted a Keegan Bal pass at 10:35. Anthony Malcom fired a shot past Warren Hill off a Mitch Jones feed 0:13 seconds later to give New West the lead.

Lyle Thompson tied the game with a laser off a Dhane Smith pass at 13:34. With 3:10 left, Jeff Cornwall converted a Patrick Shoemay feed to take the lead for good.

Final score, New Westminster 11 Six Nations 10

Players of the Game:

Six Nations Chiefs – Cody Jamieson

New Westminster Salmonbellies – Mitch Jones

Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 57-50 in favor of the Chiefs.
  • The faceoff battle went to the Chiefs 16-7.
  • Six Nations went 4 for 6 on the power-play.
  • New Westminster went 1 for 4 on the power-play, also scoring a shorthanded goal.

Game five goes Wednesday night at the Queen’s Park Arena.  Game time is 7:30pm (PT).

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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